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Old 03-24-2017, 06:02 PM   #1
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After considerable contemplation and coffee drinking, I've decided to start my own show thread. I generally don't consider what I'm doing to be that interesting and I certainly don't have the technical or fabrication still that some of the members here do. However, I've enjoyed reading a variety of other threads here and gleaned some good ideas, maybe there will be one or two hidden in here for someone else as time go by.

A quick bit of backstory. We've been in this house a little over 3 years and spent a good portion of that time refreshing and fixing issues ignored by the prior owners. What drew us to this property was that it has some space, but wasn't too far of a commute for me; in a reasonably defined neighborhood; and has a 3 car 'heated' garage. Coming from not having any real area that I could tinker in since getting married (apparently the kitchen table and guest bath aren't appropriate places for parts prep) and becoming a some what responsible adult, this looked good. I liked the garage, she liked the house, sold!

What I learned that first winter in this house is that my californian blood thinks working in a heated massachusetts garage isn't warm enough. I'd go out and work on my new to me motorcycle at that point, but everything was cold and after a full day of work, I didn't have a whole lot of motivation. Thus, over the next couple years I slowly started taking over the unfinished basement and Down The Hatch was born.

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Old 03-24-2017, 06:09 PM   #2
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Did you truly give up on a 3 car garage for a basement??
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I'm interested to see where this goes (besides down)


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Old 03-24-2017, 06:29 PM   #4
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What kind of heat does it have ?

Buy yourself a set of Carhart insulated coveralls.
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Old 03-24-2017, 06:59 PM   #5
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Marc- I wouldn't say gave up, more of an expanded. We park inside, so there goes a bit of space and between the bikes and snowblower, that left me with about half a stall to free. Which was working ok until I decided to start buying large tools. Clearly I was going to need more space. I'd like to thank the mrs for enabling all of this by saying 'no more motorcycles'

Propane heater on the ceiling, installed by the previous owner. Exact specs escape me at the moment.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:12 PM   #6
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After some digging around I found a couple pictures of how things looked when I decided there was going to be a meaningful occupation of the basement. This is looking into the basement, the hatch off picture to the right.



Looking into the 'main bay' of the basement, table saw behind me.


And finally from the stairs up into the house.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:27 PM   #7
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Oh, Screw the basement, we wanna see the garage!
Oh, sorry, forgot to say Welcome to the GJ, glad you decided to start sharing a bit of your experiences in life.
The basement is also a great place for a workshop so it is all GOOD!
Thanks for sharing...will be watching ...for garage and toy pics!
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One of the coolest basement shops I've ever seen was of a friend's father. He built RC airplanes, not just little kit ones but these massive (and fast) machines. He had a walk-out so that made life a bit easier going in and out but man, it was a pretty neat and well-equipped place.

I really think it comes down to what hobbies you have for making it function best. Obviously, it would be difficult to build a canoe or an auto-related project "down the hatch" but for lots of things that'll fit through the door, it'll be great.

So, are we going to see a ramp for the motorcycle?
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Looking forward to seeing how this turns out.
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Welcome to GJ! This will be interesting!
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:54 PM   #11
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What's a basement?













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Marc- I wouldn't say gave up, more of an expanded. We park inside, so there goes a bit of space and between the bikes and snowblower, that left me with about half a stall to free. Which was working ok until I decided to start buying large tools. Clearly I was going to need more space. I'd like to thank the mrs for enabling all of this by saying 'no more motorcycles'

Propane heater on the ceiling, installed by the previous owner. Exact specs escape me at the moment.
Got it - Welcome to the group. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out...
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:32 PM   #13
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What's a basement?
My wife has made a couple comments about not having another basement workshop when we move back west and I've reassured her that isn't in the plans. Though this one wasn't either....

Brent- got a picture of said basement?

Yes, I hope this turns out to be of interest. Thanks to those who've already stopped by.

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By far the biggest thing to go down the hatch thus far is the air compressor. I've talked a bit about it elsewhere, but the long and the short of it is, I was looking at new compressors when I stumbled across this one. Over kill, perhaps.

At pick up


At home


One problem that I became painfully aware of as I was considering just how silly this whole compressor idea was it that just because the door into the basement is X- inches high, that's not the measurement that matters. Its the top of the door to the third or forth stair. This baby wasn't going to clear, so I separated the halves.


Of course the hatch and the garage are completely opposite ends and sides of the house with lawn in between. At least its basically flat. Getting ready to go down.




Coming down on the ramps.


Just fit...


And finally back together.
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Have you fired up the compressor with your wife upstairs?

How many people were involved with moving both halves "down the hatch"?


Interesting to see where you go with this.

Certainly looks like a Bilco door assembly.

Any water issues in that area from the doorway?
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pretty cool, I wish I had a basement too
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Brent- got a picture of said basement?
I wish I did. He always had some neat projects going on.
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Captian- Thanks for stopping by. I'll go in reverse order. I haven't had any water issues as of yet, the bulk head seems to do its job of keeping the vast majority of moisture out. Maybe the equivalent of a couple cups a few times after big rains. I think the door assembly is contractor made, but I could be completely wrong on that. The most I've looked at it is to determine if I could remove it completely for more clearance.

Two people were involved, me and her. I have buddy/coworker that will help occasionally, but I don't think he really likes to. Most items though I've winched down the hatch all by myself. It's not any harder, just a lot slower. Stop, walk around though the house to adjust the direction of whatever item, walk back around to the top and crank some more. I use a worm drive winch, anchored to the truck, so there's no way it can get away from me. Also no way to do it quick.



And to the most important question of them all... surprisingly she doesn't mind it. I depowered the pump to a 5hp motor which spins at 450rpm give or take so it's reasonably "quiet". I had the head apart a couple months ago for valve service and considered putting a intake muffler on it. Ultimately didn't because mufflers in that size are a little spendy, and I couldn't get the current filter unthreaded from its mounting bracket.
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